March 25, 2008

Anna Wight's Snail with Flowerpot

Me again, be sure to read the post below to see who our lucky prize winner was for today's drawing.

Now on with the cards. You know how sometimes something just strikes your fancy? Well for me right now, it's Snails!! I don't know why, I just really like them!! And my friend Anna Wight has an adorable snail in her Whipper Snapper collection. I just had to have it! It's called Snail with Flower Pot. It's so nice to work with good ol' red rubber and wood stamps. They stamp so great and Anna's image is nice and big to work with. Be sure to visit Anna's blog for some wonderful inspiration and to see her cute farm critters. Hi Anna!!

As always, I start out my designs by matching up my Copic Sketch markers with my patterned paper. This paper is from My Mind's Eye. You can see my Copic color charts tucked underneath the patterned paper. To get the true color of the marker, you really need to develop some sort of color chart. I simply created a chart in my word processing program, printed it out blank and filled in ALL of the Copic color numbers. This way I can add the colors as I collect them and it's a good way to see what color areas you are missing.

To select my marker colors, I simply hold my chart up next to my patterned paper and scan the chart for the perfect colors. It's really amazing the color ways that Copic has, over 300 colors! I always find just the right color. Once I find that perfect color, I usually grab the color just a shade darker also so that I can do some shading and blending. Many of you have started your collection of Copic markers and I am so happy to hear that! If you are a big fan of colored stamp images, you need them. Plain and simple, YES, you need them. Your stamped images will just come to life, trust me. So here are my finished cards. I used Spellbinder's Nestabilities to mat the main image. For the sentiment, I stamped it using Papertrey's new clear alphabet. Don't you just love this sentiment? Slow down...Relax. Get it? Snails, slowwwww. LOL!
I wanted to show you this angle of my card so that you could see that I raised the sentiment up on pop dots. Just another way to add dimension to your cards. By stamping the sentiment on a separate strip of white paper, I could mass produce some sentiments for future use...and also pitch any sentiments that got smeared, etc.
Here's another trio of the darling snail. Remember my Spring Inspiration Station? This Making Memories Garden Party paper and epoxy stickers comes straight from that basket. It's my favorite collection right now. Be sure to zoom in to see the glittery paper on the bottom of the cards. Oh, and I add some more of the Ranger Glossy Accents that you're all loving. Every snail needs a slimy, sticky body!
Hope you all have a chance to sloooow down and relax!

42 comments:

Dottie K. said...

Wow just adorable as always. Love that little snail. I love the garden paper also. I can't wait to use it as soon as my arm is out of this sling. It will be the first paper I use and thanks for all the inspiration. I so enjoy your work - it's awesome. :)

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Good GRIEF, these cards are ADORABLE!! Love the colors, love the layouts, LOVE LOVE LOVE the details! You're so goooooood! =)

MichelleO said...

What a great sentiment! With a great card! We all could use that advise. Love the coloring and I really need to follow your advise and create that color chart. Would help tons I am sure!

Angela K said...

These are amazing, love that snail!

Anita Knits said...

Well as per usual when I check out your blog you've made something so beautiful. Love colours and the stamp is great. I've just started using copics but ciao as I was not sure if I would get on with them, I have to say they are great, layer up the colours is so easy, maybe when I've a little bit of money I invest in the others.
Thanks for a wonderful blog.

leenda said...

LOVE IT! I have this stamp & haven't used it yet. Thanks for the inspiration & details!

debbiedee said...

too cute! I love both colors of snails. I don't have the copics yet, but maybe *some day* Ü

Wendy said...

Holy cow, Mish....these are so cuteeeeeee!! I love that you showed us 2 different papers with that adorable snail image and added the slimy stuff. LOL I just recently purchase some Copic Markers from Ellen and I am lovin them!! Thank you for your everyday inspiration!

Wendy

Lee said...

Ohhhhh......how adorable!!! And shimmer and glitter?? MY FAVE!! That snail is so cute and I love the colors you used. I've started a Copic collection too and love your color chart...I definitely need to do something like that!! Thanks for the tip on matching up markers with your dp before you start.....I like that time-saving tip!!!

Chris said...

i do love this damn snail...you gotta quit showing me more things to order....LMAO!!! i haven't used the stack of crap i got in last week....i need more freakin" time, i wonder where i can order that? >"<

Stefanie Staniak said...

Your Spring Inspiration has been and inspiration to all of us. What comes out of it is always amazing. Love this snail too. I may NEED him!

Tamara said...

What great cards :)

I *want* copics, but I cannot justify the cost. Also, I don't think my colouring is actually good enough to be able to do the amazing shading and depth that you add.

Sue said...

Holy escargot! This little critter is wondermous! I love your coloring, too.

Kacey Elliott said...

WOW - you have such an eye for color and detail. I am in awe of you! Love that slime! :-)

broni (waterchild12) said...

I LOVE that snail! And your sentiment is just too cute. AND the paper is scrumptious!!!

Tricia said...

Superbalicious!! :) I just love visiting your blog!! :)

Chelle said...

it's okay, i love snails too...just not the real ones cause they are not nice to my geraniums! i adore the card using the my minds eye paper...it is perfection! the colors, the paper, the coloring...sentiment...love it!!
thanks for sharing!
chelle

Anonymous said...

I love the snail card. I love the coloring. I would love to see ypu do that. I am so glad I found your blog and I love that you update so much. Thanks. Bye Irene from Holland.

Susan G said...

What a cute little snail. He looks so "Springy."

Chantelle said...

I love your use of patterned paper and you've done a wonderful job of colouring-in again. Your a Copic genius and I love looking and learning.

Babs said...

As always your work is amazing and these cards are super cute! I have a question for you....
As a result of being admired by your work, I purchased soem Copics from Ellen's store. Anyway - there are 2 of them that really leak if I press with any intensity to the side of the pen. Has this happened to you? They work fine but I have to remember to hold them gently. I was just wondering if you experienced this.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Well as always, these cards are way tooo cute !! I luv the little sentiment, very apropos. TFS!
Sheila

Anonymous said...

I love your art! I check your blog every day to see what's new. I have a question for you - I just started my Copic collection ... what shade do you use for your shadowing? It's some kind of blue.

Thanks - Dawn G.

happiness blooms said...

I TOTALLY agree with Anna....
Good GRIEF! You are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Good!
HB

Maria said...

PERFECT! Love everything about these adorable cards and the sentiment is just right!

Maria Jesus said...

very nice cards and the little nail (caracol in spanish) is very cute!!

Congrats again for the number of hits!!!

Dawn said...

Oh, those snails are too cute! I love how you use your color chart. My question for you on copics...did you purchase them by singles or a color group?? I only have a cool grey and skin tone copics, but would like to add to my collection, just wondering how to purchase them??
Thanks
Dawn

Maria said...

I was wondering which Copic or Copics you use for skin colour?

Shari said...

I love these cards!! That snail is so cute and I love the sentiment! You make the best cards!

Susie said...

Would you be willing to share your copic document with us?

I would love to have a chart like yours for sure.

Susie

mochamama said...

Michelle, these are adorable and all the detail, wow, just love em girl!

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Love your work...all of it! It's so helpful and encouraging. Makes me want to stamp! LOL! These are just darling...love the colors and your coloring!

Anonymous said...

I love it when you show multiples of your cards and these are so cute.Over 300 copic colors, that is a lot to choose from. lol
Lisa

Val said...

Sooo cute! I love Anna Wright stamps...I don't have any yet, but they are at the top of my wish list! I also love your Copic marker chart...do you list all the available markers or do you just list the ones you would like to have? Also, what do you print it out on? My printer never seems to take cardstock or if it does it gets all "gibbled" at the end. Oh well!! Love your work!!

LeAnne said...

Well, these are just adorable! And how different the images look when they are colored in different color families! Love them all!
LeAnne

Rebecca M. said...

thank you for showing the copics!!! i love seeing what colors you use, which ones i dont own yet...they really are great!

how do you store yours?

Lynn said...

Love how organized you are. And love all your work! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Marcia said...

oh, yes! most beautimous, mishie! i am luuuvin the snail stamp and the way you're switchin' up the colors!

AWESOME!

wonder if my 4 li'l ol' copics could do it justice? {snort!}

Life Info Zone said...

Lovely Art!! cards r adorable...U have done gr8 work.Thanks for sharing with us.
keep up the work.

Debbie Olson said...

Oh, Mish! These are just adorable! I love th snail and flowerpot stamp--hadn't seen it before--and you ROCKED it!

twinks said...

cute as can be; as always

Juanita B said...

Fabulous cards! I hate snails they give me the creeps, but Anna's snail is changing my heart...he is adorable. I just adore the work you are doing. TFS.

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